Kosciuszko Monument

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General Thaddeus Kosciuszko
Milwaukee Kosciuszko edit.jpg
Artist Gaetano Trentanove
Year 1905
Type bronze
Dimensions 180 cm (71 in)
Location in Kosciuszko Park (restored February–November 2013), Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Owner Milwaukee County Parks Department

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko is a public art work by Italian and American artist Gaetano Trentanove located on the south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States.[1] The bronze equestrian sculpture depicts Kosciuszko in his military uniform and hat.[2] It is located at South 9th Place and West Lincoln Avenue in Kosciuszko Park. The statue was placed in October 1904 but was not officially unveiled until June 18, 1905[3] with a speech by Archbishop F. Symon from Rome. The statue was moved to its present location in 1951 and a celebratory unveiling was held on September 15 of that year.[4]

Short video of sculpture.

Condition[edit]

A condition assessment of the monument was conducted by McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory. They found several condition issues some originating from the poor quality of the original cast and others due to climate. The condition problems included casting porosity, patches and plugs, chill cracks, weaknesses in armature, and a general need for cleaning.[5] In 2013 the Restore Kosciuszko Monument Project successfully raised funds to fully restore the monument.[6] The statue was rededicated on November 11, 2013.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, (sculpture)". Art Inventories Catalog-SIRIS. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Buck, Diane (1995). Outdoor Sculpture in Milwaukee. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society. pp. 95–97. ISBN 978-0-87020-276-6. 
  3. ^ Gurda, John (1 May 2010). "Legacy undiminished, but statue needs help". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "South Side Turns Out to Honor kosciuszko". Milwaukee Journal. 17 September 1951. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Restore Kościuszko Monument" (PDF). Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Beverly (12 February 2013). "Kosciuszko Monument Taken Down for Restoration". Fox 6 News. Retrieved 12 November 2013.